Pre and Postnatal Physical Therapy in NYC

Bringing a new life into the world is a miraculous time filled with physical and emotional changes. While so much of this journey is exciting, it can also bring on some new aches and pains. 

At Cynergy Physical Therapy in New York, New York, our treatments include prenatal and postnatal physical therapy. These PT programs are designed to support you through every stage so you can feel your best during this incredible time.

Happy pregnant woman sitting on bed, feeling great during her pregnancy because of physical therapy.

The Importance of Pre and Postnatal Physical Therapy

Prenatal Physical Therapy

As your body adapts to support a growing baby, you may start feeling a bit uncomfortable. Prenatal physical therapy involves specialized exercises and techniques to manage pain and improve mobility while you’re pregnant. It can help with common issues like back pain, pelvic pain, and joint discomfort. These problems often happen because you’re carrying extra weight, and your body’s alignment can change as the baby grows.

Prenatal physical therapy can help manage pain, improve your posture, and enhance physical function. These therapies provide relief during pregnancy, and they also prepare your body for childbirth. Strengthening those core muscles (including your pelvic floor) and improving flexibility can make a big difference in your pregnancy experience.

Postnatal Physical Therapy

After childbirth, your body needs to heal and regain strength. Postpartum physical therapy can help you recover and manage postnatal issues such as diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, and back pain. These problems can impact your daily life and overall well-being if we don’t address them.

By focusing on core strength, flexibility, and overall physical health, postnatal physical therapy supports your journey to full recovery.

Benefits of Prenatal and Postnatal Physical Therapy

Prenatal and postnatal physical therapy can help you have a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy and postpartum experience. The benefits include:

Pain Relief and Improved Mobility: Physical therapy helps manage pain and improve mobility so you can have a more comfortable pregnancy and a smoother postpartum recovery.

  • Preparation for Childbirth: Strengthening key muscle groups and improving flexibility can make a big difference during labor and delivery.
  • Enhanced Postpartum Recovery: Helps new mothers regain strength, improve posture, and address any issues that come up during pregnancy and delivery.
  • Long-term Health Benefits: Promotes overall physical health, supports better posture, and helps prevent future issues related to childbirth.

What Issues Can Prenatal or Postnatal Physical Therapy Address?

Here are some of the common problems that can be managed through targeted physical therapy:

  • Diastasis Recti: A separation of the abdominal muscles that occurs during pregnancy, leading to a bulge in the stomach and core weakness.
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The pelvic floor muscles can become weakened or damaged during pregnancy and childbirth, leading to issues such as incontinence, pelvic pain, and prolapse.
  • Back, Hip, & Pelvic Pain: These are common issues during and after pregnancy due to changes in posture, weight distribution, and hormone levels.
  • Overall Recovery After Childbirth: Postnatal physical therapy supports overall recovery, helping new mothers regain strength, mobility, and function.
  • Swelling and Circulation Issues: Pregnancy can cause swelling (edema) and circulation problems, particularly in the legs and feet.

Why Choose Cynergy Physical Therapy?

At Cynergy Physical Therapy, we provide professional, energetic, and compassionate care. Our highly trained therapists deliver personalized, one-on-one treatments from your initial evaluation to every session thereafter. 

With a commitment to your progress and a sense of humor that true healing requires, our patient-focused approach ensures you receive the best care possible. Our state-of-the-art facilities and ongoing education for our therapists guarantee you’re getting effective treatment at such an important time in your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Common Exercises for Prenatal and Postnatal Physical Therapy?

Common exercises for prenatal and postnatal physical therapy include:

  • Pelvic Floor Exercises (Kegels)
  • Cat-Cow Stretch
  • Glute Bridges
  • Bird-Dog
  • Wall Sits
  • Gentle Yoga Poses
  • Pelvic Tilts
  • Side-Lying Leg Lifts
  • Seated Forward Bend
  • Modified Planks

These exercises help strengthen and support the body during and after pregnancy, addressing issues such as back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and core weakness. Always consult with a trained professional before incorporating exercises into your routine.

When Should I Start Postnatal Physical Therapy?

It's best to consult with your healthcare provider, but many women start postnatal physical therapy as soon as they feel ready, often within a few weeks after giving birth.

How Often Will I Need Physical Therapy Sessions?

The frequency of sessions will depend on your specific needs and treatment plan, typically ranging from once a week to several times a month.

Can I Continue Physical Therapy Throughout My Entire Pregnancy?

Yes, many  benefit from continuing physical therapy throughout their entire pregnancy. Your therapist will adjust your treatment as your pregnancy progresses.

Expert Physical Therapists Specializing in Maternity Care

At Cynergy Physical Therapy, we want to support you through every stage of your pregnancy and postpartum journey. Call (212) 974-7252 today to learn more about our prenatal and postnatal physical therapy programs and to schedule your appointment. Your health and well-being are our top priority!

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